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I'm new to programming (2 years), using perl. My job description is not programming, but it is one of the key components of what I do. Based on how suitable perl is for our projects, I'm convinced I'll use it 5 years from now.

Submission + - Google.cn closed 1

An anonymous reader writes: Google seems to have finally closed google.cn (prior to any formal announcement) — google.cn is now being redirected to Google Hong-Kong (google.com.hk).
Word in China is that Google will formally announce leaving china tomorrow (Tuesday).

Submission + - Google's New Approach To China is to Serve from HK (blogspot.com)

abs0lutz3ro writes: Google stops censoring simplified Chinese search results on google.cn by redirecting users to google.com.hk, which Google maintains is entirely legal. From the article: "Due to the increased load on our Hong Kong servers and the complicated nature of these changes, users may see some slowdown in service or find some products temporarily inaccessible as we switch everything over... In terms of Google's wider business operations, we intend to continue R&D work in China and also to maintain a sales presence there, though the size of the sales team will obviously be partially dependent on the ability of mainland Chinese users to access Google.com.hk." Seems like google.cn got served; from google.com.hk

Submission + - SPAM: Satellite bumped from formation to avoid collision

coondoggie writes: French space scientists said they had moved one of the key Earth-observing satellites out of its orbit with four NASA satellites to avoid potential collisions. The French satellite, known as PARASOL (Polarization and Anisotropy of Reflectances for Atmospheric Science coupled with Observations from a Lidar) was flying in a constellation of satellites known as the A Train. The A-Train satellite formation consists of NASA’s Aqua, CloudSat, CALIPSO, and Aura. The French Space Agency (CNES) said that after collecting observations synchronous with the other satellites from the A-Train for almost 5 years, PARASOL was moved to a lower orbit 2.4 miles (3.9 km) under the A Train after CNES noted PARASOL orbit tracks slowly drifting eastward over the past these past few months.
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Submission + - Discovery To Launch First 3D TV Network In U.S. (discovery.com) 1

Deathsoldier11 writes: Three of the world's leading media, technology and entertainment companies — Discovery Communications, Sony Corporation and IMAX Corporation — today announced a joint venture established to develop the first 24/7 dedicated 3D television network in the U.S. The partnership brings together three leaders with an extraordinary collection of award-winning 3D content, technology expertise, television distribution and operational strength to deliver a high-quality three-dimensional viewing experience to home television audiences. The joint venture intends to launch the network beginning in the U.S.
Operating Systems

Submission + - Google annouces plans for OS (businessweek.com)

digmshiphter writes: "Google has finally annouced its plan to rule to known universe by creating an OS of its own called Chrome OS based on the Chrome browser. The new browser will focus on making the computer an interface between the web and the user, making speed a priority, and making the browser the main application in the OS. The official press release states, "Google Chrome OS is an open source, lightweight operating system that will initially be targeted at netbooks. Later this year we will open-source its code, and netbooks running Google Chrome OS will be available for consumers in the second half of 2010.""

Submission + - The supermassive black hole at our galaxy's core (pcauthority.com.au)

Slatterz writes: The mystery of black holes — where gravity is so dense not even light can escape — has entranced science fiction writers and astronomers alike for years. Interestingly, a black hole believed to be four million times the mass of Earth's sun is said to exist at the centre of our own galaxy, the Milky Way. Now, a new view of this mysterious inner region of the galaxy, including those parts shrouded in cosmic dust, has been created. The result is stunning images of our location in the universe, including the galactic core and the aforementioned black hole. Called the APEX Telescope Large Area Survey of the Galaxy (ATLASGAL), the galaxy-atlas was created by a 125,000Kg telescope sitting in the Chilean Andes.
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Submission + - British Library Puts Oldest Surviving Bible Online

Peace Corps Library writes: "BBC reports that about 800 pages of the earliest surviving Christian Bible, the 1,600-year-old Codex Sinaiticus manuscript, have been recovered and put on the internet. "The Codex Sinaiticus is one of the world's greatest written treasures," says Dr Scot McKendrick, head of Western manuscripts at the British Library. ""This 1,600-year-old manuscript offers a window into the development of early Christianity and first-hand evidence of how the text of the Bible was transmitted from generation to generation." The New Testament of the Codex Sinaiticus appears in Koine Greek, the original vernacular language and the Old Testament in the version, known as the Septuagint, that was adopted by early Greek-speaking Christians. For 1,500 years, the Codex Sinaiticus lay undisturbed in a Sinai monastery until it was found in 1844 and split between Egypt, Russia, Germany and Britain and is is thought to have survived because the desert air was ideal for preservation and because the monastery, on a Christian island in a Muslim sea, remained untouched, its walls unconquered. The British Library is marking the online launch of the manuscript with an exhibition which includes a range of historic items and artefacts linked to the document. "The availability of the virtual manuscript for study by scholars around the world creates opportunities for collaborative research that would not have been possible just a few years ago.""

Submission + - If You Live by Free, You Will Die by Free

Hugh Pickens writes: "Internet entrepreneur Mark Cuban writes that the problem with companies who have built their business around free is that the more success you have in delivering free, the more expensive it is to stay at the top. "They will be Facebook to your Myspace, or Myspace to your Friendster or Google to your Yahoo," writes Cuban. "Someone out there with a better idea will raise a bunch of money, give it away for free, build scale and charge less to reach the audience." Cuban says that even Google, who lives and dies by free, knows that "at some point your Black Swan competitor will appear and they will kick your ass" and that is exactly why Google invests in everything and anything they possibly can that they believe can create another business they can depend on in the future searching for the "next big Google thing." Cuban says that for any company that lives by Free, their best choice is to run the company as profitably as possible, focusing only on those things that generate revenue and put cash in the bank. "When you succeed with Free, you are going to die by Free. Your best bet is to recognize where you are in your company's lifecycle and maximize your profits rather than try to extend your stay at the top," writes Cuban. "Like every company in the free space, your lifecycle has come to its conclusion. Don't fight it. Admit it. Profit from it.""

Submission + - Fake Tamiflu 'out-spams Viagra on Web' (cnn.com)

cin62 writes: The number of Internet scammers offering fake anti-swine flu drug Tamiflu has surpassed those selling counterfeit Viagra, reports CNN. Since the H1N1 virus, also known as swine flu, was declared a global pandemic last month, there has been an increase in the number of Web sites and junk emails offering Tamiflu for sale. "Every Web site that used to sell Viagra is now selling Tamiflu. We are pretty sure that the same people are making the Tamiflu as are making the Viagra," said Director of Policy for the UK's Royal Pharmaceutical Society (RPS).

Submission + - How To Get Your Program Professionally Marketed?

one-man orchestra writes: "I'm the sole programmer of a small multi-platform commercial audio program (a spectrogram editor). After over 6 months on the market, I realised that the program would never just sell itself, and that I need some real marketing done for it. Being a one-man orchestra is becoming increasingly difficult, I only can devote so much time to marketing, my skills in that department are frankly lacking and I'd much rather spend more time coding. Despite my lacklustre part-time marketing effort I still manage to make a modest living out of the sales, my logical assumption is that with someone competent taking care of that part, revenue could greatly scale up. But what's the right way to go about doing this? What type of people/company do I need to contact? What to expect? What to look out for?"

Submission + - Twitter Users Can Now Buy Followers

Hugh Pickens writes: "BBC reports that uSocial, a social media marketing company based in Australia, has launched a paid service to find followers for Twitter users for a fee of $87 for a block of 1,000. The company finds potential followers by searching through Twitter to discover areas of common interest to match people more closely. uSocial then send these potential followers a message, alerting them that there is someone on Twitter they might want to follow and the potential follower then decides whether or not to follow that person. "A woman who runs yoga classes is one of our clients," says Leon Hill, chief executive of uSocial,. "So are some religious organizations including one man that just wants to get the word out about God. Twitter started as a way for just friends to keep in touch, but as with any social media site once they get big, every business or marketer jumps on the bandwagon. It's an excellent marketing medium." Some commentators have expressed concerns that this sort of practice could lead to an increase in "Twitter spam", as users are bombarded with irrelevant tweets. "As a Twitter user, I only want to follow people whose tweets I like, and only expect to be followed by people who find my tweets worth the time," writes Harry McCracken, a technology expert. "I know that I'd rather have fifty engaged followers than 5,000 whose attention I had to pay for.""

Submission + - London Stock Exchange to Abandon Windows

BBCWatcher writes: Computerworld's Steven J. Vaughan-Nichols reports that the London Stock Exchange is abandoning its Microsoft Windows-based trading platform: "Anyone who was ever fool enough to believe that Microsoft software was good enough to be used for a mission-critical operation had their face slapped this September when the LSE's Windows-based TradElect system brought the market to a standstill for almost an entire day.... Sources at the LSE tell me to this day that the problem was with TradElect.... Sources...tell me that TradElect's failure was the final straw for [the ex-CEO's] tenure. The new CEO, Xavier Rolet, is reported to have immediately decided to put an end to TradElect. TradElect runs on HP ProLiant servers running, in turn, Windows Server 2003. The TradElect software itself is a custom blend of C# and .NET programs, which was created by Microsoft and Accenture, the global consulting firm. On the back-end, it relied on Microsoft SQL Server 2000. Its goal was to maintain sub-ten millisecond response times, real-time system speeds, for stock trades. It never, ever came close to achieving these performance goals."

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